Ted, my son, will be turning 5 this year and he decided that he would like a pirate theme birthday party. Suddenly Ted loves pirates and boats. I then convinced him to have a mermaids and pirates party to which he agreed. (The mermaids are more for the girls coming to his party and to humour his mother, me.) So mummy went to Pinterest to look for ideas. I found this amazing pirate birthday cake and I thought I would give it a go.
For the cake I have used my red velvet recipe and I have turned the cake mixture into cupcakes. The cakes have formed part of the ship and I have bought the other items from the internet to make it look like a ship. It was very easy to put together and it made a great addition to Ted’s party. All of our guests were very impressed and they all enjoyed the cake too. So if your children love playing pirates then this could be the birthday cake for you.
- Large mixing bowl
- Mixing spoon
- Vegetable peeler
- Sharp knife
- Chopping board
- Electric whisk
- Muffin trays x 2
- Cupcake cases
- Ice cream scoop
- Small saucepan
Ingredients for the cake
- Beetroots x 4 small
- Wholemeal spelt flour x 350g
- Raw cacao powder x 50g
- Coconut sugar x 200g
- Bicarbonate of soda x 2 tsp
- Baking powder x 1 tsp
- Vanilla powder x 1 tsp
- Vegetable oil x 250mls
- Apple juice x 200mls
- Apple Cider Vinegar x 2 tbsp
- Salt x 1 pinch
Ingredients for the coconut cream
- Whipping Cream x 400mls
- Maple syrup x 2 tbsps
Method for the cake
- Preheat the oven to 180°C.
- Pre-line the two muffin trays with the cupcake cases.
- Weigh and measure all the ingredients.
- Slice the tops off the beetroot, peel it, grate it and then set to one side.
- Next put the spelt flour, raw cacao powder, coconut sugar, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and vanilla powder in the large mixing bowl.
- Stir these ingredients in the bowl until they are all mixed together.
- Now pour the sunflower oil, apple juice and apple cider vinegar into the jug and whisk.
- Once all the liquids are mixed together pour over the ingredients in the bowl.
- Then fold all the ingredients until the liquid has been absorbed.
- Finally, add in the grated beetroot and mix again.
- Once everything is in the large mixing bowl with the ice cream, scoop the mixture into the cases in the two trays.
- Then put in the oven and bake for 25 – 30 minutes.
- To check the cake has cooked, put the skewer into one or two of the cakes and if it comes out clean the cakes are cooked.
- When cooked, remove from oven and leave to cool.
Method for the coconut cream icing
- Put the whipping cream into the large mixing bowl.
- Add the maple syrup and using the electric whisk mix these two ingredients together.
- Once the cream has stiffened, leave in the bowl.
- Put together the piping bag and carefully place the cream inside.
- When the cupcakes are cooled completely pipe the icing onto them.
- I find the easiest way is to pipe from the middle and around in a circle until there is a point on the top of the cake.
- Continue to all the cupcakes until they all have cream on.
Equipment needed to build the boat
- Cupcake stand
- Small plate
- Black card x 2
- White paper x 1
Method for building the pirate ship
- Begin by building your cupcake stand and put the small plate next to the cupcake stand.
- Cut the black paper in half.
- Now shape the paper around the outside of the plate and the cupcake stand.
- I folded a piece of the card in half and put this by the plate.
- Then I folded another two pieces and placed these around the stand.
- Now any card left over I put between the back pieces and the front pieces.
- It should look like a boat shape.
- Stick all the pieces together.
- Put the glass on the white paper and draw a circle with the pencil.
- Now cut the circle out and repeat the process five more times.
- Next stick the circles evenly along the black card to make it look like windows on the boat.
- Finally serve to you guests and enjoy.
The Pirate Ship Birthday Cake was very well received and all of our guests liked the cake. It’s such a simple but effective way to make a birthday cake. Plus the cupcakes can be frozen so could be made in advance of a birthday. Then all you have to do is ice them on the day, put the flag on and put them on the stand and plate. All I can say is thank goodness for Pinterest. However you decide to eat this cake, as always, enjoy!
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